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The saying goes, it is always better to give than to receive, and social media can help you find several ways to give back through local volunteer opportunities.

Meals on Wheels posted about its immediate need for volunteers this week. Volunteer drivers are needed in the cities of Antioch, Bay Point and Pittsburg. Meals on Wheels has over 15 routes open and is in need of regular and substitute volunteers to deliver meals. If you can help, visit www.mowdiabloregion.org/get-involved. You can also find information on volunteer criteria and qualifications on the website. If you are unable to spare the two hours a week, please help by spreading the word.

Passionate volunteers may also want to consider sharing their time with Contra Costa Animal Services. The organization hosts monthly volunteer orientations for residents. Visit the Facebook event page at https://bit.ly/2Lkdirv for information on upcoming opportunities. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and love animals. Help is needed at both the Martinez and Pinole shelter locations.

Another way to give back – and possibly save a life – is by becoming a blood donor. The American Red Cross has expressed an immediate need for blood donations on several social-media platforms. The website states that there is a blood shortage and the organization hopes volunteers will schedule a donation as soon as possible. To locate a blood drive near you, visit https://rdcrss.org/2HZvn9C. All blood types are needed. 

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